Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Coquetdale branch

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The members and their guests of the Coquetdale branch of the Wildlife Trust were treated to a wonderful illustrated talk by Will Nicholls titled Discovering Northumberland and Beyond.

Will has won the prestigious Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition as well as other accolades, and is only 19.

He began photography in 2007 when his family moved from Newcastle out to Haydon Bridge.

He showed a wonderful selection of photographs and videos of red squirrels at play in the woods. He shared his secrets with us as to how to photograph these amazing animals which are normally so difficult to encounter.

The talk enlightened listeners as to how these fleeting moments were captured.

Also Will delighted the audience with a wide array of subject matter including everything from little owls and terns to black grouse doing their lec.

Will’s photographic talents are not confined to the UK; he recently journeyed to Hungary and shared with us his photographs of the white tailed eagle with its colossal seven-foot wingspan and the long eared owls that roost in the towns.

His favourite country for photographing is Finland. He showed us amazing images of the great grey owl.

Will is about to start university and no doubt he will find new subjects to turn his lens on. We all look forward to seeing his new body of work and wish him the best of luck in this new chapter of his life.

Our next talk is on Monday, October 6, at 7.30pm in the Jubilee Hall in Rothbury.

Richard Darn will talk about stargazing.